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ForbesSt Paul introduced Hellenistic philosophy into Christianity. Very early on elements of eastern mystery religions were grafted on. The final strand of what is today mainstream Christianity was added when the Church acquired temporal power and Roman law was incorporated into canon law.

The Christian religion today is not something the man Jesus would recognise.
There is much truth in what you have said, but wouldn't it be more accurate to refer to the church you mention, as the Roman Catholic Church, thereby distinguishing it as being quite a different beast to the Christians who oppose the 'grafting on' of eastern mystery religions?
Whilst it may be true that some of the rituals of the Catholic church and other Christian denominations may be traced back to the mystery religions, their influence also extends into fundamental doctrines such as: death and resurrection of a god; salvation through a saviour to ensure a blissful after life, baptism and the eucharist. Now I readily concede that just because the mystery religions have similar tenets to Christianity does not mean that Christianity took the rituals and doctrines over and the knowledge of most mystery religions is in any event a bit sketchy. There is also the danger that mystery religions may be described in Christian terms. Nevertheless, the similarities are striking and cannot readily be dismissed by thinking Christians.

The essential point I wish to make is that Christianity has evolved over the centuries.
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I got some questions about christianity, what christianity say about role of women in society?. Homosexual, prostitution and sex without marriages are allowed in christianity or not?. How do they practice christianity and worship God?
Do Gospels tell true?

The Gospels are the most authentic documents of antiquity.

In 1920 a piece of papyrus (p52) was found. Fragment of Gospel of Jhon had been on the piece. This papyrus had been created in 130. Apostle Jhon had written the Gospel in 90-100s.

For example antique authors are known today due to medieval monks who recopied pre-Christian books in 10 centure.

But some people (even scientists) believe in authenticity of antique historical source and doubt that Gospels are authentic.
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why christians believe that jesus is god's son?

Hi can someone please tell me who identify the nation or region where it was found

and who identify the nation or the region where christiannity was found

Could somebody please tell me when the christianity started into existence.
Is it exist before Jesus was born.
if yes,
Who were they(chirstians) use to pray before Jesus Chirst.
Where do they use to do prayer.
Hello everybody!

I have been reading this thread so interesting, but I must say that I don´t agree with forbes in many things he said about, for instance, the birth of christianity. Well, as my english is not (yet) good enough to enter into a conversation in which I could explain my point of view as accurate as it deserves, I just wanted to summarize some of the things that we, as Catholics, believe, just on the purpose to show to Inglish our point of view.

As I see it, Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ, the son of God (We believe in God as a Trinity: one God, but in three persons: the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." ). He called 12 apostles who followed Him and, after his Death and Resurrection, took the Good News all over the world. The Good News is that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that He has saved as from our sins, and that by means the Church He founded we take advantage of the benefits of salvation: in essence, we believe that God is Love, and the main thing He taught us was that we must to love everyone. He also said that this is not an easy way, so we have to hope in his mercy.

Along history Christians have being divided into some "branches". The main distinction (a very poor distinction, but It is the only way to summarize) we can make is between Catholics (The Roman Catholic Church. Our spiritual "leader" is the Pope, now Benedict XVI), Protestants (that are divided into many different branches, such as evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, etc..) and Orthodoxs (who separated in the early second millenium of our era). Nowadays, some christians, like me, dream with the day in what every follower of Christ will stand united, as Jesus wants. This movement is called "ecumenism" but it will be a very hard path toward unity.

I hope this is useful to you.
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if my understanding is correct, christianity i.e protestants = christians (but not catholics) broke off from Catholicism, believing that people can reach God directly without having to go through the priests, and that everyone should have the right to own and read a bible rather than through the priest. Though Catholics and christians essentially worship the same God, there're some differences in their practices and... beliefs, such praying to saints and the rosary. These all, in turn, came from Judaism, for Isralites do not believe that Jesus is the prophecised Messiah.
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